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Ahava V' Achva

by Yerachmiel

Jewish Folk Artist with a fine Balance of Contemporary and Traditional Music. A Themed Album of Love and Joy. A Pure Celebration.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Ani L'Dodi
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2. Bat Melech
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3. Kol Dodi
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4. Bigdei Yesha
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5. Achoteinu
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6. Boi B'shalom
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7. Welcome the Bride
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8. Mi Bon Siach
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9. Harei At Mikudeshet
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10. Im Eshkochech
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11. Sameach Tzion
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12. Ahava V'Achva
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13. Siman Tov
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14. Od Yishama
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Yerachmiel Ziegler (Singer / Songwriter)

Known all over the world as an artist that dedicates his life and work to G-d. His spiritual melodies and uplifting tunes bring faith and belief into peoples lives. His work is held in the highest regard when it comes to the art of music.

Yerachmiels young appearance may throw some people off, but in reality he is wise beyond his years. His talents range from playing various musical instruments to singing various styles. He has traveled to many different countries and has preformed all over the world. But when asked about it, he just shrugs and says: "Little by little, one travels far"

Yerachmiel's music stems from the deepest roots of tradition while touching all realms of modern culture. With a repertoire ranging across folk, rock, a cappella, world, pop, metal, klezmer, and bluegrass, he attracts an eclectic audience all around the globe.

Growing up in New York, Yerachmiel began performing at an early age and then went on to entertain in venues such as Central Park and Greenwich Village. His experience performing with great talents such as Shlomo Carlebach, Matisyahu, MBD, and Avraham Fried, as well as newer artists such Moshav Band, Blue Fringe, Pey Dalid, and Aaron Razel, has further enabled him to deliver a captivating performance time and time again.

Yerachmiel's on-stage presence creates the perfect balance between soul-searching and entertainment. Currently, he is living in Israel where he creates excellent shows for welcoming crowds. Come with an open mind and leave with a full spirit!


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Gideon Sword

The Hero of Jewish Music!
On "Ahava V'Achva" Yerachmiel shows the world the he is not afraid to break the social norms of Jewish music. By that I mean that Rocky (as he is affectionately known by his colleagues and friends) has musical integrity - he performs music that he himself wrote (he does not perform songs that have been purchased from a third party). This point is evident from any one of the tracks on this recording; anyone can hear the raw emotion as Yerachmiel sings “Mi Bon Siach” or the originality of “A Hidden Rose”. Yet to speak of only the performance on this CD would be selling Yerachmiel the musician short on his many talents, Yerachmiel is a multi-instrumentalist who has visions and goals and each track on this CD screams of those convictions.
Lastly, whether you are a fan of contemporary Jewish music (even the M.B.D. or Mendy Wald brand) or more old school folk (Moshe Yes or old Diaspora) you will find a beautiful harmony on this recording. Yerachmiel is a profoundly talented artist who is constantly pushing the envelope to assure that the great music of the Jewish heritage will not be lost in this generation. I would highly recommend attending any one of his live performances, Yerachmiel’s energy never disappoints.
In short, buy this album and you will not be disappointed… I continue to be pleasantly surprised by this timeless recording.

Blog in Dm

This is a GREAT ALBUM!
From the moment I started listening to this album, I could tell that it was going to be different. What surprised me was how good "different" can be. This album blends the divide between "soul" Jewish music such as Chaim Dovid and Soulfarm and yeshivish Jewish music, such as Shwekey. It has the solidity of yeshivish music and the originality of soul music, making it a great album all around.

The music is excellent. This album has what many Jewish albums don't - an arrangement with a direction. As opposed to just having a band play without much thought going into exactly what's being played, A'Hava V'Achva prides itself on originality of arrangement and adding only what's necessary to get the point across. This album combines elements from all across the musical spectrum - from Reggae in Im Eshkacheich (Matisyahu could learn a couple of things from this guy), to country-folk intros in Ani L'Dodi, Kol Dodi, Bigdei Yesha and Siman Tov. At times, such as in Achoteinu, Yerachmiel sounds like Yosef Karduner. Many of the songs have a pop feel - Od Yishama and A Hidden Rose are the prime examples of this.

The tunes themselves, whose lyrics all have something to do with the Jewish wedding, are both complicated and catchy at the same time. Almost all the tunes use original chord progressions, which is unique in Jewish music and keeps the ear interested. There are even a couple of times where the rhythm gets complicated, such as the bar of 5/4 in Welcome the Bride and several bars in Bat Melech. Welcome the Bride also has a very soundtrack like feel, with its moving string lines. The rhythm section is very tight, and consistently has a great vibe.

The vocals are done well as well. Yerachmiel has a professional, soulful, voice. He does not "over-sing" - all his improvisations are tasteful and not overdone. The background vocals are worthy of note too. Both from an arrangement perspective and mixing perspectives, they are excellent.

The mix is just right. The instruments are not over processed, which has the effect of making the music sound live, but the mix still sounds polished and professional.

For more information on Yerachmiel, check out his website at www.yerachmiel.com. or www.myspace.com/yerachmiel

Jerusalem Post

Ahava V'achva ('Love and Brotherhood'), a collection of original songs focusing
New York-based Yerachmiel Ziegler plays emotional, organic Jewish-themed
songs that stay free of cheesy or religious posturing. The young artist's
first disc, Ahava V'achva ('Love and Brotherhood'), a collection of original
songs focusing on love and marriage, is a strong debut, thanks mostly to the
singer's sincerity and directness.

Just because Yerachmiel doesn't go out of his way to seem sensitive doesn't
mean that Ahava V'achva doesn't have its cheesy moments. 'Welcome the
Bride,' with its string arrangement and literal description of a Jewish
wedding ceremony, is one clear example. But for the most part, the album is
notable for its infectious, laid-back vibe, some fun and unlikely key
changes, pleasant harmonies and vocals that just feel real. Soulfarm lead
guitarist C. Lanzbom was heavily involved in the project, which is why its
production is reminiscent of some of that band's work.

Yerachmiel's staccato strumming on 'Im Eshkochech' features touches of
reggae, while the closing 'Od Yishoma' isn't quite a jazz song despite its
jazzy chord progression. 'Siman Tov' and the title track benefit from some
nice bluegrass-style banjo picking by Lanzbom, and 'Kol Dodi' uses changes
in key to carry its simple melody in a manner shared by Johnny Cash's
immortal 'I Walk the Line.'

Ahava V'achva might at times seem like a wedding album, but despite its many
wedding-themed tunes, the collection is more of a love suite than a rocking
dance set. It's is a worthwhile release, enhanced further by the artwork of
Israeli-Floridian Chaim Parchi inside the disc booklet.

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BEN JACOBSON
Date: Thursday, September 7, 2006
Publication: Daily Page: 24
Section: Arts